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Las Cruces Sun-News (via Associated Press)
April 2, 2019

SANTA FE - New Mexico is seeking a bigger share of the nation’s outdoor recreation economy with the creation of a special division dedicated to expanding the state’s foothold in the lucrative industry.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham traveled to a state park in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on Tuesday to sign legislation that creates a state outdoor recreation office.

The initiative takes cues from states including neighboring Colorado that promote outdoor adventure as an engine of economic development and a resource for public health and consciousness about natural wonders.

Democratic state Rep. Angelica Rubio of Las Cruces says New Mexico has added a unique component to subsidize outdoor experiences for children of the working poor from diverse backgrounds who might not otherwise have the time or means to explore nature.

This article originally appeared in the Las Cruces Sun-News.

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